Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: American Idol

Forza Horizon 5 Season Exchange: American Idol

The final week of Forza Horizon 5’s month-long dedication to the American automobile has arrived, with the arrival of the Spring season marking week four.

Series 27, dubbed “American Automotive,” features a largely American-themed mix of events and prize vehicles, with nearly everything on the list requiring or rewarding a car from the United States.

This month marks the return of the Stadium’s oval circuit in free-roam alongside its regular race, which is a very appropriate comeback.

This series includes eight prize automobiles, all of which are American, as well as an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all. More Accolades are available for finishing four brand-new, permanent Road Racing courses.

If that wasn’t enough Americana for you, a new paid-DLC pack adds four more American vehicles to the game. This is not featured in any of the special editions, however it is mentioned in the Monthly events…

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Series 27: American Automotive

Both of the Series prize cars should already be in your garage if you’ve been playing for a while, and while neither is new to the game, they’re both inaccessible through usual ways.

Obtaining 80 points over the Series will qualify you for the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, which was first offered as a reward automobile in Series 19.

It’s effectively the American counterpart of Europe’s halo performance sedans, with the Blackwing badge standing in for an M, RS, or AMG.

Cadillac already had a sporty -V form of the CT4, but it needed more to compete with the Germans. This was accomplished with the use of a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing 472hp to the rear wheels.

For 160 points, you can get something a little more Americana in the form of the Ford F-150 XLT Lariat ’86, which last debuted in Series 21.

The much larger 302 Windsor V8 delivers more modest power here, but the working truck need no more than the 188hp it produces. It’s also moldable for Overlanding, and would be pretty beneficial for this week’s activities…

Series 27 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

This week’s season reward vehicles are both new to FH5, but one is a returnee from prior games and one has only ever appeared in the Motorsport series – and they’re precisely the way you’d expect…

The returning automobile, the Rossion Q1, scores 20 points. Outside of Forza, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of this American brand, although it builds some unique sports cars.

The Q1 is essentially a rebuilt Noble M400 — the automobile that would go on to be better known as the M12. It’s essentially a track-day toy, with a 450hp Ford Duratec twin-turbo V6 squeezed inside a lightweight carbon-kevlar shell.

For 40 points, you can get the Lincoln Continental ’62, which is much more classically American.

The Lincoln sled, despite being the smallest car to ever bear the badge, measures more than five meters long and is powered by a sledgehammer of a seven-liter V8 with 300hp under the hood.

Spring will continue till 1430UTC on Thursday, December 7, bringing Series 27 to a finale. Summer of Series 28, Winter Wonderland, will take their place, and we’ll learn more about it in the next Forza Monthly.

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

You’ll need a truck for the final generational twin-test Forzathon Weekly Challenge, namely the 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat (available as indicated above) or the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Own and drive one of these to get Built Ford Tough started.

This week is all about smashing and bashing, with your first challenge being to win a Dirt Race in either truck (you don’t have to stick to your original option either). Then, in either… or both, obtain three stars at Danger Signs.

Finally, in the trucks, you must gain two Ultimate Wreckage Skills. This is obtained by acquiring numerous Wreckage Skills — for shattering destructible items — within the same Skill chain, with the Skill ranking increasing from Good to Awesome and, finally, Ultimate. Simply repeat this twice to complete the event.

Completing all four challenges will award you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points, with the FP amount being quadrupled if you possess the Casa Solariega player residence.

Weekly Challenge: Built Ford Tough

  • Car: Ford F-150 XLT Lariat ’86 or Ford F-150 Raptor ’17
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 2: Win a Dirt Race in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 3: Earn three Stars at Danger Signs in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 4: Earn two Ultimate Wreckage Skills in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There are seven final Daily Challenges, each earning one point, arriving at a rate of one every day. Each day at 1430UTC, a new one is unlocked, with seven days to complete it — and while that means you should be able to accomplish the final ones next Series, we’ve never been bold enough to attempt.

Head to Infiniti first, and at the Stadium, attain 120mph with “any” automobile from the Infiniti brand (all of them).

To finish Fresh Prince, you must complete (but not win) a Road Race in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. There is no incentive for having a cab livery…

Earn at least one star at any Trailblazer in any Polaris vehicle to find your North Star.

Feed your AMC Gremlin no later than Midnight, as you’ll need to picture the car at night for this point.

The 2001 Acura Integra Type R is all about Hull Integra-ty next, as you acquire a Wrecking Ball talent. This combo talent appears when two or more Wreckage Skills are earned in the same talent Chain.

When you equip any item from the Jackets section of the Character Customizer, you will receive a New Jersey.

Finally, show off your Screech Freedom by collecting two stars at Drift Zones in any American car.

Daily Challenges

  • November 30 – To Infiniti: Reach 120mph with any Infiniti at the Stadium
  • December 1 – Fresh Prince: Complete a Road Race in the Chevrolet Bel Air ’57
  • December 2 – North Star: Earn one star at Trailblazers in any Polaris
  • December 3 – After Midnight: Photograph the AMC Gremlin at night
  • December 4 – Hull Integra-ty: Earn a Wrecking Ball skill in the Acura Integra Type R ’01
  • December 5 – New Jersey: Equip any Jackets in the Character Customizer
  • December 6 – Freedom of Screech: Earn two stars at Drift Zones in any American car

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Season Events

This week’s single-player schedule features three PR Stunts, two Seasonal Championships, and — unusually for recent weeks — just one EventLab.

Circuito Whitewolf is the last event, a special course built on (and above) Pantano de la Selva. This track requires an A Class (701-800PI) Super Saloon car from the United States — and choose something that can change direction rapidly for all of the switchbacks on this lengthy course. To earn three points for a Buick GNX, grind out the laps, taking care not to miss that one checkpoint.

All of the PR Stunts this week, including those in the DLC packs, require any American, A Class (701-800PI) car and can thus be completed with the same vehicle — however you might want to have a couple of cars with various specialties on hand.

The on-road Pyramid of the Moon Speed Zone, the off-road Paso Inferior Speed Trap, and the extremely off-road Sand and Deliver Trailblazer may all be found on the main map. The targets aren’t especially difficult, but you’ll want to do a cross-country straight line for 100mph at the Trap and stay to the right to avoid being bogged down in sand at the Trailblazer. All you need for 100mph at the Zone is grip.

This week has two additional Seasonal Championships on firm terrain. Each is a three-race event versus Highly Skilled AI worth five points and a bonus award if you finish first in the championship points table.

Flow Rider is a Street Racing event (look out for NPC traffic!) for A Class (701-800PI) Super Saloons, with a Jeep Trackhawk as the prize, whereas Quarter-Buick is a Road Racing event for C Class (501-600PI) Buick automobiles, with a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette as the prize.

EventLab: Circuito Whitewolf

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons, USA
  • Location: Pantano de la Selva
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Buick GNX

Speed Trap: Paso Inferior

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: 100mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Pyramid of the Moon

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: 100mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Trailblazer: Sand and Deliver

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: 20s
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Flow Rider

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jeep Trackhawk

Seasonal Championship: Quarter-Buick

  • Car: C Class, Buick
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Corvette ’15

There are large points up for grabs in the two multiplayer events this week, which need an Xbox Core subscription to participate on console – but are free to play on PC.

Horizon Tour returns as an eight-point event, with no additional incentive. It’s a three-race competition in which you and up to five other humans face off against a team of six “Highly Skilled” AI.

The goal is to score more points as a team than the AI, and because each player on either team scores 100 points for each opponent they win — and only each opponent they beat — you’ll have to work together to deny the AI by assisting the humans. Running away to victory is useless if your teammates are not similarly well-positioned…

The Tour is also unique in that you must drive across the country from the end of one race to the start of the next. However, you gain nothing by doing so and lose nothing by not doing so.

Along with that, there comes The Trial. It’s a similar event, but with three key differences: you don’t have to drive between races, it’s just a best-of-three event, and the AI is set to “Unbeatable.”

That’s rarely an issue, with people usually proving more difficult than AI racers (though, strangely, the AI has recently began to slow), but the purpose remains the same: help each other score as much as you can as a team.

This week’s event is a Road Racing event for C Class (501-600PI) Vans & Utility vehicles, so speeds should be modest, and provided everyone remembers to tune their cars and not get in each other’s way, it should be an easy two-race win for ten points and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Horizon Tour: Co-Op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Tour (any)
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Tour
  • Reward: 8 points

The Trial: Kentrucky Derby

  • Car: C Class, Vans & Utility
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Chevrolet Camaro ’69

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Challenges

This week, we’re back to two Challenges, with the Treasure Hunt joining the permanent Photo Challenge.

The Treasure Hunt, Top of the World, is not a difficult solve this week because the Clue and thumbnail are obvious. As you can see, the Clue says, “Take this Ex-ceptional Off-Roader to Mexico’s highest point and you will be able to see the treasure!”

That should lead you to the Exomotive Exocet Off-Road — either the standard or Forza Edition cars will suffice — and the summit (or at least the summit you can drive to) of La Gran Caldera, almost exactly due West of The Titan’s starting point. The Treasure Hint will appear if you drive up there.

This red zone on your map indicates the approximate position of the chest, which is this week centered on the player residence at Buena Esperanza. The chest is actually in the house’s front lawn; crush it to get three points and 100,000cr.

For the #BalancingAct Photo Challenge, you’ll need to visit the rock formations in Valle de las Ranas (Valley of the Frogs, in case you’re curious).

If you don’t already have it, get the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is the prize for the Flow Rider seasonal, and snap it anywhere in the area to receive two points and the Green Suit clothing item.

Photo Challenge: #BalancingAct

  • Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ’18
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas
  • Challenge: Photograph the Jeep Trackhawk at Valle de las Ranas
  • Reward: 2 points, Green Suit

Treasure Hunt: Hot Dam

  • Cars: Exomotive Exocet
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Drive the Exocet to the top of Gran Caldera; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s the final week for the Monthly Events, so if you haven’t finished them yet, you have seven days left. When you cross them off, you’ll get four points for each one, with one added to each season, past, present, or future.

Essentially, Rivals events need you to accomplish a clean run on the courses specified in the cars provided for the challenge. Outright speed is not required, so keep the cars away from immovable objects and avoid using the Rewind option.

Monthly Rivals will have you driving the DLC pack Saleen S7 LM around the very little Bahia de Plano Circuit, and staying away from the barriers will be difficult. Even more difficult is navigating the huge and fast Lucid Air Sapphire via the new Linea Costera Sprint point-to-point route without the benefit of racing brakes and downforce.

Forza EV: Linea Costera Sprint

  • Cars: Lucid Air Sapphire (provided)
  • Location: Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Bahia de Plano Circuit

  • Cars: Saleen S7 LM (provided)
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 27 Spring Bonus DLC Events

With a whopping 18 points reserved for Xbox Core subscribers, players who possess the DLC packs will be pleased to learn that they can use up to 14 points as alternatives this week. These are bonus points that are not required for completion but do contribute to your overall objective.

both of the two DLC locales hosts a PR Stunt and a Seasonal Championship, both earning two and five points, as well as a bonus prize.

You can keep using the same A Class (701-800PI) American car from the main map for the PR Stunts, with a Speed Zone and a Danger Sign, as well as Super Wheelspins for both.

Forest Flume at Hot Wheels is a fast piece of track that benefits from going east-west with the flow, but the 170mph aim is hard; stay off the walls for best results. At 220m, the Canyon Danger Sign in Rally Adventure is likewise not difficult, but aim left if you’re having trouble taking advantage of the slope.

The Seasonal Championships are three-race events against Highly Skilled AI, similar to the main map, with five points and a bonus car for finishing first overall.

For Unlimited Power in Hot Wheels, you’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Unlimited Offroad car from the United States, which comes with a Ford Lotus Cortina as a reward. Another Ford, this time a Mk1 Capri, is the Superpowered reward in Rally Adventure, which requires an S1 Class (801-900PI) Modern Supercar from the United States.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Forest Flume

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Unlimited Power

  • Car: A Class, Unlimited Offroad, USA
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Lotus Cortina

Rally Adventure Danger Sign: Canyon

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Devil’s Pass
  • Challenge: 220m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Superpowered

  • Car: S1 Class, Modern Supercars, USA
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tierras Verdes
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Capri Mk1

Series 27 Spring Forzathon Shop

This week’s Forzathon Shop theme is American automobiles (kind of) built to be off-road champions.

The Ford F-150 #11 Rockstar Trophy Truck is leading the way, a massive beast built to conquer the Baja 1000 – and it succeeded.

The Trophy Truck weighs close to three tons and has a massive 7.5-liter V8 with 850hp to destroy any terrain that attempts to slow it down.

The Hoonigan RS200 Evo, a very different kind of off-roader, is also available this week.

This variant of Ford Europe’s RS200 Group B rally car, modified by Ken Block’s Hoonigan company, has 750hp from its 2.1-liter turbo four and is one of the quickest dirt-track vehicles in the game.

Both automobiles are available in the Shop for 400FP, compared to the Autoshow price of 500,000cr, so it’s a toss-up whether you spend the points or the credits.

This week’s store offerings include the Jump On It Emote and the Doodle Jumper, both of which cost 75FP. The Wheelspin (60FP) and Super Wheelspin (150FP) remain in their regular positions.

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